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Paper Bag Shortage On The Horizon, Manufacturer Warns

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Manufacturers of paper shopping bags say New York could face a paper bag shortage of up to five years when it bans single-use plastic bags in March.

Bag maker Novolex told The New York Post that outages in the Midwest have already put a squeeze on the paper bag supply. 

Novolex estimates New York will require about 4 billion paper bags once the plastic bag ban begins. That's half of all current production capacity in North America.

The ban includes an option allowing cities and counties to charge a 5 cent fee for paper bags. Suffolk County will employ that option for residents who don’t bring their own reusable bag.

A native Long Islander, J.D. is WSHU's managing editor. He also hosts the climate podcast Higher Ground. J.D. reports for public radio stations across the Northeast, is a journalism educator and proud SPJ member.